For the past few years, C and I have randomly stumbled upon the Big Apple BBQ Block Party in Madison Square Park. We never planned on going, we just got lucky and somehow showed up for the party... I guess it was fate as C loves BBQ. This year though, we planned ahead and headed down to the best block party in the city.
Before you even get to the park you begin to smell the delicious barbecue cooking away in the smokers and immediately notice the crowds beginning to form. The first time we went to the block party the crowds weren't too bad, but in recent years it has become increasingly popular so lines and crowds are expected.
We first headed over to Ubon's Barbeque of Yazoo which came to NY all the way from Mississippi! We saw that they were serving up pulled pork so we were quick to jump in line.
They were passing out some beer koozies which I thought were so appropriate. It would only be better if there was beer already in the koozie... What goes better with delicious BBQ than ice cold beer? So perfect for summer. Plus the staff handing them out were entertaining and kept the line happy.
Their very fancy smoker with their famous sauce on display.
The lines actually move pretty quick as they have the production line down and soon we had our hands on some delicious pulled pork. Look at that beauty. This was absolutely perfect... the meat was so tender and soft. I also loved that the bun stayed nice and fluffy and never got soggy. As I do not really enjoy slaw... mayo freaks me out... I had C report back and he said it was very fresh and crisp and a nice accompaniment.
Next we headed over to the New York BBQ staple Dinosaur BBQ. Now I realize we should have tried other non local options but sadly the Salt Lick (famous Texas BBQ joint) had already sold out for the day... I don't think they were expecting so many NYer's to love BBQ... and when we saw that Dinosaur was serving up some brisket, we had to try it out. Dinosaur is famous in NY, but as it is located up in Harlem, we rarely get to enjoy it.
Sadly this line was a little longer... like I said before famous in NY.
Where the line cut back towards the register, we got a great action shot of some beef brisket coming out of the smoker. They pull it out add some more seasoning, wrap it up and stick it back in to continue cooking.
Dinosaur's beef brisket was served up with pickled jalapenos, peppers and onions and a side of baked beans. I thought the brisket was very good and tender but I wasn't loving the pickled toppings. The side of beans were very good with little pieces of shredded meat throughout. It had a nice sweet flavor that went perfectly with the spicy sandwich. C was so excited to get his hands on this that he dove right in before I could even mention snapping a pic.
After stuffing ourselves on delicious BBQ we wandered back through the park to walk it off a little bit and enjoy the summer sun.
For anyone who ever wonders what New Yorkers do in the summer, this is it... picnics in the parks! These are our versions of beaches to sunbathe in.
Hopefully next year we remember to arrive early so we can try out a few more places... until then I think I am pretty covered on the BBQ front. That was absolutely delicious. I hope everyone else is enjoying the sun and eating some BBQ with family and friends. Happy Summer!